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The Lost Battalion (2001)

TV-14 | | Action, Drama, War | TV Movie 2 December 2001
Fact-based war drama about an American battalion of over 500 men which gets trapped behind enemy lines in the Argonne Forest in October 1918 France during the closing weeks of World War I.

Director:

Russell Mulcahy

Writer:

James Carabatsos (as Jim Carabatsos)
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Nominated for 3 Primetime Emmys. Another 2 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ricky Schroder ... Maj. Charles White Whittlesey (as Rick Schroder)
Phil McKee ... Capt. George McMurtry
Jamie Harris ... Sgt. Gaedeke
Jay Rodan ... Lt. Leak
Adam James ... Capt. Nelson Holderman - Co. K, 307th
Daniel Caltagirone ... Pvt. Phillip Cepeglia
Michael Goldstrom ... Pvt. Jacob Rosen
André Vippolis ... Pvt. Lipasti - Runner
Rhys Miles Thomas Rhys Miles Thomas ... Pvt. Bob Yoder - Sharpshooter
Arthur Kremer Arthur Kremer ... Pvt. Abraham Krotoshinsky
Adam Kotz Adam Kotz ... Col. Johnson
Justin Scot ... Pvt. Omer Richards - Carrier Pigeons
Anthony Azizi ... Pvt. Nat Henchman
George Calil George Calil ... Pvt. Lowell R. Hollingshead
Wolf Kahler ... Gen. von Sybel
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Storyline

In 1918 in World War I, in the Meuse-Argonne Sector in France, the former New York lawyer and Major Charles White Whittlesey is assigned by Gen. Robert Alexander to a massive suicidal attack against the German forces in the Argonne Forest with his five-hundred-man battalion. However, the forces supposed to be giving support through the flanks retreat and the communications with the headquarter of the 77th American Division are cut. Major Wittlesey holds his position with his men, mostly Irish, Polish, Italian and Jewish immigrants from New York, surrounded by the German army. Without food, water, ammunition and medical supplies, only two hundred men survive after five days of siege. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Caught between two lines of fire, the Germans gave them two options: surrender or die. They chose a third.

Genres:

Action | Drama | War

Certificate:

TV-14 | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA | Luxembourg

Language:

English | German

Release Date:

2 December 2001 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Lost Battalion See more »

Filming Locations:

Luxembourg

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The passage that Whittlesy quotes to comfort the dying soldier with the blood-soaked Bible is Psalm 71:1-5, KJV. See more »

Goofs

When they attack the machine gun nest in the woods a German soldier is stabbed in the neck (with the sound effect) with a gun that has no bayonet. See more »

Quotes

Capt. McMurtry: What's your name?
Lipasti: Private Lipasti, sir.
Capt. McMurtry: Where'd you learn to run like that?
Lipasti: I used to take a shortcut home through a Mick neighborhood, had to outrun a lotta your "Irish confetti", sir.
Capt. McMurtry: Well, I'm glad one of my cousins didn't bean you with a brick.
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Referenced in Laurel Canyon (2002) See more »

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A&E surprises me again with another good war movie
25 February 2004 | by socceralex16See all my reviews

When you look at the box, or consider the no name actors aside from Rick Schroder, and see that A&E made this movie for t.v. with a small budget, you may wonder why your even watching it at all. Yet when you do watch it, and get deep into the plot, you notice this is one good movie. The scenery was on par, the acting was very good, even Schroder did very well. The action sequences, though not comparable to Saving Private Ryan for obvious reasons, were very well done. Plenty of blood and explosions, and though a few of the flying wildly deaths were a bit corny, everything else was on key. I own every single war movie made in the last 20 years that exist on DVD, and this is definately one on the upper end of that spectrum. In 2 years, 2 great war movies were made that most have never heard of (A&Es The Crossing as the other one), others cannot find, and if you wish to own, must check online. Give this movie a shot, because it belongs in any war movie collection. I took off only for a few factors, a little short, a little corny in the death scenes, and as a history buff, I am not sure the uniforms were on par from the German side, looked WWII'ish, haha, but lack of budget can account for that. 8/10


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